In recognition of Nurses’ and Hospital Week, Hallmark Health will feature two nationally recognized speakers. Jo Manion, RN, PhD and Debra Townsend, RN will speak at both Melrose-Wakefield Hospital and Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford throughout the weeklong celebration.

In addition to the annual Nurses’ Reception and Dinner on May 7, Hallmark Health will also offer raffles, refreshments and other opportunities to thank the system’s 700-plus nurses for the important work they do.

“Nurses’ Week is an opportunity to take a step back and recognize the men and women that make up the nursing staff at Hallmark Health,” said Joan Vitello, RN, PhD, Hallmark Health vice president and chief nursing officer. “These dedicated professionals are doing amazing work on a daily basis and it’s important that we honor them for it.”

Hospital Week was first celebrated in May of 1921, which is also the same time Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford was incorporated. The day of recognition was officially established years later as a way to recognize the great work hospitals were doing as well highlight the tremendous advances taking place in medicine.

Today, Hospital and Nurses’ Week is celebrated in May to coincide with modern nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale’s birthday.


Hallmark Health System is the premier, charitable provider of vital health services to Boston's northern communities. The system includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford, Melrose Wakefield Hospital, Melrose, Hallmark Health Cancer Center, Stoneham, The CHEM Center for MRI, Stoneham, Hallmark Health Medical Center, Reading, Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice, Malden, Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing and Radiography Programs, Medford, and Ell Pond Medical Associates. Hallmark Health is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital for cardiology and Tufts-New England Medical Center for neonatology.

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